“You’re not alone for I am here
Let me wipe away your every tear
My love, I’ve never left your side
I have seen you through the darkest night
And I’m the One who’s loved you all your life
All your life
Faithful and true forever
My love will carry you”
I wish I could say I found these words. That I was looking for a nice fitting caption to go with this photo, but that’s not the truth. The truth is these words found me- in an unlikely place.
My husband and I escaped to Hot Springs, AR last week to quietly celebrate my birthday. I had seen photos of this stunning chapel in the woods and since nature is my happy place, we decided to just go. As we were driving to dinner one night, we noticed a wall at a stoplight that had these words written on it. No other graffiti anywhere else. Nothing around this wall.. just “randomly” there. Words that just so happened to speak to my soul.
Some, including myself, may have brushed it off as a random “coincidence”. I honestly probably would have if things JUST like this weren’t happening almost daily. BUT, what if it wasn’t a coincidence? What if through the most unimaginable pain, when you simply take the time to look up, what if God places the exact words we need to make it to the next moment. One different turn, one second looking on the other side of the street, one thing and I would have completely missed it.
What I have realized through this grief journey is that it is so much easier to choose anger & sadness. It is much more difficult to have blind faith when you have just been blindsided. But this small, unexpected “random” sign gave me a small sense of joy. That day I chose to believe that God put that sign there for me. And even if it only lasted a moment, it gave me hope to look forward to what other “coincidence” I might be able to look forward to the next day.
Oh wait, there was one more sign on the other side of the wall..